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Catching Up: MLS Teams to Join Open Cup During Copa America Break

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Time for some housekeeping.

It came out late last week that teams from Major League Soccer will be entering into the 2016 edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup during competition's fourth round on Wednesday, July 15th.

With a number of players sure to be gone for the Copa America Centenario from June 3rd to 26th, the first round of MLS matches will certainly be missing some first team players.

Baseless Speculation: Why is Liga Portugal Following MLS Teams on Twitter?

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On Thursday interesting things will start to happen: the schedule will be announced, the combine will kick off, and hopefully all of this dang ice that is currently coating Portland will have melted away. In the mean time, however, we have got to make due with what we have got.

In this instance, what we have got is the twitter account of the Portuguese top flight following a whole bunch of MLS teams and, interestingly, a number of Portland Timbers specific accounts.

Getting to know Caleb Porter: Developing young talent

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With the international break this weekend I thought this would be a good time to take a closer look at the Portland Timbers' new coach, Caleb Porter. Before we knew for certain Caleb Porter was going to be the Portland Timbers' new head coach Gavin Wilkinson talked about the new coach. Here is the quote:

Just an up and coming coach that has the potential to be one of the best in the league.

MLS Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The international break means that most MLS teams are out of action this week, but there are still a pair of games Wednesday night, including one that will have the attention of all of the teams in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

The Columbus Crew, winners of four straight games and unbeaten in their last six, can end the night as high as third place in the East and be within a point of second-place New York.

MLS Recap: Week 27

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Article by Pedro Gomes

Although it might have been Labor Day Weekend around America, MLS teams were putting in plenty of hard work to secure Playoff Spots heading into the post season. Let's take a look back and enjoy the action across the league as the post season contenders and post season pretenders are becoming clearer each game.

Reserve Game Ruminations: San Jose Earthquakes 3 Timbers 1

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The Portland Timbers controlled play for much of last night's 3-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes in reserve league play but were unable to finish their chances despite out-shooting the 'Quakes 21 to 5 The game took place in a crowded Jeld-Wen Field as some beautiful weather and a GroupOn deal on tickets brought families in droves to the game.

Portland Timbers Need to Sign a Big Defender This Off Season [Poll]

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Perhaps not as glamorous as a marquee striker or midfielder, as what we've come to expect from MLS teams in the recent years, but I think, if anything, these past two road games have shown that the Portland Timbers desperately need to bring in a marquee, veteran defender to command and lead the back line.

Impact, Timbers swap goalkeepers Ricketts, Perkins

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Two teams on the outside of the playoff race looking in have swapped goalkeepers in an unusual mid-season deal.

The Montreal Impact sent goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to the Portland Timbers for Troy Perkins in a straight-up trade that sees both veteran goalkeepers get a change of scenery.

FC Dallas' 2012 Season is Almost as Depressing as Portland's

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FC Dallas players walking out of the tunnel on Sunday beneath chants of "PT! FC!" will almost certainly find a bit of a spring in their steps.

After all, they just beat this team 5-0 two weeks ago and have a 12-5 advantage over the Portland Timbers since they joined the league in 2011.

Their star, Brek Shea, having been humbled (for the bazillionth time) and given some time to "clear his head," could well return to the lineup on a mission.

Seattle Sounders

Assessing the Offseason: Are the Timbers Better or Worse?

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With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear this was going to be a difficult offseason for the Portland Timbers as it was for many MLS teams. The reason is relatively simple: As a result of the CBA, the salary cap is lower than teams anticipated, making the 2015-2016 offseason largely an exercise in preserving their rosters rather than upgrade them.

Labor Day Union Freekicks - The Hackworth Era Begins

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Happy labor day, everyone! Today's open thread for all things Union, MLS, barbeque, etc.

Monday MLS Breakdown: John Hackworth plans for his permanent future in Philadelphia [Kyle McCarthy, Goal.com] - "Player development and team building rank high on the agenda as Hackworth attempts to continue the work started during his interim reign with the Union.

Roster Depth Fueling Sounders' Offensive Surge

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It seems funny to think about it now, but not that long ago there was some serious concerns about the Seattle Sounders' offense and their supposed lack of depth. Funny how a couple moves, along with some key players returning to health, can change perceptions.

The Sounders now sit on 65 goals scored through 34 competitive matches following their second-three goal performance in CONCACAF Champions League play.

CCL Thursday: Your Running Commentary

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A pair of MLS teams take to the road in CONCACAF Champions League play aiming for results that will help take them one step closer to the knockout stage.

The Seattle Sounders are in Trinidad and Tobago to face Caledonia, a team Seattle handled at CenturyLink Field 3-1 on Aug.

Sounders Crush Galaxy, Send Notice

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MLS teams on the East Coast, and those on the West that didn't pay attention, just received notice. This isn't last years Sounders, or the year before, or the year before. This is a new Seattle. A Seattle of power. A Seattle of opportunity. A Seattle of staunch defense. A Sounders of blue and green and shiny things.

D.C. United

Trying to Sort CCL Group Options for D.C. United

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In which we try to figure out who the lads may see in the fall.

With this coming out the other day, I figured it may be time for a diversion to see how things stack up for D.C. United.

So CONCACAF Champions League Draw will be on June 1st at The W Hotel on South Beach #SCCL

- Juan Arango (@JuanG_Arango) May 12, 2015

What's the CONCACAF Champions League you ask?

CCL/MLS Wednesday: A Look Ahead

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There are three matches involving MLS teams Wednesday, and each one carries a good deal of significance.

In league play, D.C. United and the Chicago Fire meet in a clash of teams both currently in the playoff picture and looking to jockey for a safer position as the home stretch continues.

DC United continues to seek mojo against Sporting KC

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It's not easy being Ben. Good coaches have a basic philosophy and try to fit their team into a framework within which it can succeed as a unit. To that end, a new coach will seek players to fit his system and adjust to what he inherits as he builds the new structure. His task is complicated as injuries, trades, losses to international duty, and the unanticipated variables of the game mess with his plans.

Can't Miss August MLS Matches Left on the 2012 Schedule

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From a national perspective, only so many MLS teams are rocking their stadiums and showing off fun talent with highlight style goals.

It's hard to replicate the aura involved with rivalry matches. But, there needs to be a sufficient amount of marquee matches to rally around from week to week.

Morning Union Freekicks - Saturday, August 4th

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Your daily Soccer links are below. I will try to get these up each morning by 7:00 AM, but if the news day is slow i might just push it back to later in the day or even for the next morning post so its just not two or three links in a post. You can also use this post as a discussion thread for the day and talk about anything you want.

Has DC United learned from Paris Saint Germain?

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When a team has long lulls in competitive play it becomes difficult to assess and predict, even for the coach. No matter how tightly constructed to simulate game conditions, practices never quite reach the full intensity level of a match with points on the line.

The problem is described as a lack of match fitness and is usually observed in preseason games for teams and in a player's return to play from injury.

Major League Soccer

The field and schedule announced for the 102nd Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup tournament

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U.S. Soccer announced today the field and schedule for the 102nd Lamar Hunt tournament. The big news is the size of the field 91 teams including all 47 professional teams from the top divisions of USSF. The other 44 come from various amateur leagues in the U.S. and include teams such as the Madison Fire, Ocala Stampede, the legendary Brooklyn Italians, and PSA Elites.

The field and schedule announced for the 102nd Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup tournament

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U.S. Soccer announced today the field and schedule for the 102nd Lamar Hunt tournament. The big news is the size of the field 91 teams including all 47 professional teams from the top divisions of USSF. The other 44 come from various amateur leagues in the U.S. and include teams such as the Madison Fire, Ocala Stampede, the legendary Brooklyn Italians, and PSA Elites.

How do MLS teams win?

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Tony Edwards argues that what parity really means in MLS is the same handful of teams the most likely to win. Read More

MLS and USL PRO announce milestone player development agreement

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By IVES GALARCEP

Major League Soccer and USL-PRO announced a long-rumored player development partnership on Wednesday that will change the MLS development landscape in a significant way in the coming years.

Beginning in 2013, USL PRO and MLS Reserve League teams will take part in interleague play while soe MLS teams will establish exclusive affiliation deals with USL PRO teams.

MLS Teams Need Wins in Champions League

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The final week of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage begins on Tuesday, and there is plenty of interest for fans of Major League Soccer. All of the matches can be seen on FOX Soccer. Here's a breakdown of each [...]

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Eight MLS teams set for Tracy lottery

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Come Thursday morning, Marcus Tracy will have an MLS team to call his home.

The weighted lottery for the former Wake Forest standout, Hermann Trophy winner and Aalborg BK striker will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday.Of the 17 eligible teams for the lottery (Vancouver and Colorado are prohibited after winning the rights to Lee Nguyen and Kamani Hill earlier this season), eight are participating, MLS announced Wednesday evening.

MLS Notes: Thompson seeks trade, San Jose clinch playoff berth, and more

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Photo by ISIphotos.com

By JOEY SAMUEL

Wells Thompson has seen his playing time dwindle in a big way this season, and now he's looking to move on to greener pastures.

The Colorado Rapids announced on Sunday that the midfielder has requested to be traded to another team in Major League Soccer.

Friday Five: Questions, Thoughts Going Into The Weekend

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This is something I am thinking of either doing from time to time or even on a weekly basis. Just some random thoughts, questions going into the weekend for the state of MLS and US Soccer. With a FIFA date upon us, a lot of MLS players are out with their respective countries, while some MLS teams either have games (one league game and a few friendlies are on the menu this weekend) or others are off completely hoping to get back in the swing of things for the playoff push.

CONCACAF Champions League Redux

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Article by Anders Aarhus


Whether or not it's a result of the new format, there's been goals galore so far in the 2012-13 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League. Last week's action saw an average of 3.25 goals per game. Most importantly, all three MLS teams in action recorded victories that put them in command of their groups.

DC United continues to seek mojo against Sporting KC

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It's not easy being Ben. Good coaches have a basic philosophy and try to fit their team into a framework within which it can succeed as a unit. To that end, a new coach will seek players to fit his system and adjust to what he inherits as he builds the new structure. His task is complicated as injuries, trades, losses to international duty, and the unanticipated variables of the game mess with his plans.

Selling Tickets in MLS

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It has been far too long since we last took a look at efforts to promote tickets sales in Major League Soccer. During a year in which attendance figures continue to impress, it is worth taking a moment to look at what teams are doing to sell seats in 2012.  Recall that last year Major League Soccer announced the formation of the MLS National Sales Center to assist MLS teams with ticket sales and staffing.

Houston Dynamo

Can't Miss September MLS Match-ups

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From a national perspective, only so many MLS teams are rocking their stadiums and showing off fun talent with highlight style goals.

It's hard to replicate the aura involved with rivalry matches. But, there needs to be a sufficient amount of marquee matches to rally around from week to week.

So We're in the Champions' League Next Year

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When Eddie Johnson skied the final PK of the US Open Cup final over the bar, it gave Sporting KC their first trophy under their new name, and the team's first trophy since 2004. Before we continue on, let's relive that night again with a video that still gives me goosebumps.



Now that we've relived that.

Chicago Fire

How Good Has Sporting Been on the Road?

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Here is a bit of a statistical look at Sporting's road form this season and how it compares to the rest of the league all time and KC's road history. For comparison purposes I mainly did the non-shootout years where the game wasn't decided by the shootout for a more level comparison. I do throw the shootout years out in a few of the comparisons though.

This Sounders U.S. Open Cup Run Has Been Among Best In History

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Today starts a rather historic week for the Seattle Sounders. Win or lose, they become just the second team to even play for a fourth straight U.S. Open Cup title and could become the first to win four straight.

Winning four straight domestic titles is something no team in England, France, Germany or Italy has ever done.

The Rest

2016 MLS Superdraft: Players to watch, sleepers and stars

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These ten guys are players to watch as their stocks should fall or soar on draft day

Very rarely MLS teams find an immediate starter who puts up 10 goals and 10 assists or leads a defense to a league leading goals against average, but teams do find players who can blossom into that and start as steady role players.

Some Housekeeping Notes

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A couple of housekeeping articles today.

US Soccer has released the format of the 2015 U.S. Open Cup. The 17 American MLS team will enter in Round 4 on June 16th and 17th along with the 15 winners of Round 3. Because of this two MLS teams will play each other in round 4 while the other 15 teams are matched up with the Round 3 winners.

Latest on Les Alexander Buying the Dynamo

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After a burst of news last month, the story concerning Houston Rockets' owner Les Alexander buying the Dynamo went silent, but that doesn't mean the wheels weren't turning behind the scenes.

According to separate reports from the Sporting News and the Chronicle, the deal is progressing and couple be wrapped up within the month.

Dempsey Signs with Tottenham: Did MLS Teams Miss Opportunity?

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After spending several seasons with Fulham of the English Premier League, America's best Soccer player was ready for a change.

Clint Dempsey was pursued by different clubs, mostly from EPL and some from other international leagues. He finally made his decision Friday and signed for almost 10 million a year for three years (28.

Chicago Fire- A look at the current roster

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Although we play Toronto FC tonight I thought this would be a good time to look over the current roster we have after the transfer window has closed. We added some pieces and we certainly have some new looks to the team. This got me thinking about some of the possibilities that we may see in the immediate future.